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Dr. Bob Putnam Co-authors Response to Commentaries on PBIS (Behavior Analysis in Practice)


“A Reply to the Commentaries on ‘School-wide PBIS: An Example of Applied Behavior Analysis Implemented at a Scale of Social Importance,’ by Horner and Sugai (2015): PBIS is Function over Form: The Clear Behavioral Roots and Opportunities the PBIS Framework presents to the Field of Behavior Analysis Moving Forward,” co-authored by Robert F. Putnam, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Executive Vice President, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports for May Institute, was recently published in Behavior Analysis in Practice (BAP). The other co-author is Tim Knoster, Ph.D., Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, Pa.
BAP is a peer-reviewed translational publication of the Association for Behavior Analysts International (ABAI) designed to provide science-based, best-practice information relevant to service delivery in behavior analysis.
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Authors’ Abstract:
In the previous issue of Behavior Analysis in Practice (May 2015), a special section of the journal was devoted to positive behavior intervention and support (PBIS). Horner and Sugai (2015) published a manuscript providing an overview of school-wide PBIS describing how PBIS is an example of applied behavior analysis at a scale of social importance. A number of manuscripts providing commentary on the Horner and Sugai manuscript were also published in this special section of the journal. This paper will review this PBIS manuscript along with the associated commentaries published in the May 2015 special section.